It was Nikki Harris that took on the early pace and lead the race into the first decent on the course. Behind her there was a crash, holding up several riders and causing some damage to Nikki’s bike in the process. Everyone was back up and running (Apart from Arenda Grimberg and Linda van Rijen needed almost 2 minutes to untangle their bikes) quickly and it was Helen who led through the first pits by 5 seconds from Harris, with a chase pack a few seconds further back.
It was a different story come the 2nd pit, where Helen had stretched her lead to 22 seconds, and she never looked back. Van Paassen was the best of the rest, getting herself clear of the chasing pack of 5 to solo into 2nd place.
‘I’ve never ridden here before but I heard it was pretty heavy going. I knew I’d have reasonable form as I haven’t been able to stress my body since well before Worlds. This last week I’ve been able to training hard and I’ve recovered really well.’ Said Helen after the race. ‘I tried to just stay out of trouble at the start; I didn’t really fancy setting the pace of the race up the first couple of straights. That played well into my hands, as at the bottom the first decent I could hear some carnage going on behind me.’
‘This is my 6th win of the season. I’m really pleased with it and it’s really good to have a result near the end of the season. It’s also my first win in Holland. Koppenberg was my first in Belgium. So it’s been a season of firsts for me. I think it’s also the most wins I’ve had in a season and I’ve still got 3 more races to go.’
‘I’m more motivated than ever and it’s pretty sad the season is coming to an end. But I’ve got a lot of new things planned for the summer, so hope to be racing at an even higher level next season and maybe get another first, a World Cup win.’
1 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona
2 Sanne van Paassen (Ned) BrainWash
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus
4 Daphny van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl
5 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) BrainWash
6 Nikki Harris (GBr) APB Cycling Team
7 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Style & Concept
8 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) ZZPR.nl
9 Tessa Van Nieuwpoort (Ned) Stevens Racing
10 Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned)
photos Janos Schmidt